The Nokia 5530 XpressMusic is a really snappy Symbian S60 5th Edition smartphone. There is no visible interface lagging when switching between menus and the barely noticeable one on starting applications is well disguised with cool transition effects. The phone seems even faster than the Nokia flagship, the N97, despite the fact it´s equipped with the same ARM-11 processor running at 434 MHz., 128MB RAM and 256MB ROM.

In-call quality is quite good. Voices tend to sound unrealistic and overly sharp at times, but still, everything is loud and we didn’t encounter any problems. The 5800 performs a bit better at this, but the difference is negligible. The battery of the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic has lower capacity (1,000 mAh battery as compared to the 1,320 mAh of the 5800). Still, it managed to keep our unit alive for 3 days and we have to say that during our tests we not only talked a lot, but heavily abused the Wi-Fi as well. Admirable performance indeed.


The Nokia 5530 XpressMusic is not only a capable Symbian S60 5th Edition based smartphone, but a pretty good multimedia-oriented handset as well. The thing is we don´t believe it´s worth the money Nokia´s asking for it. It comes with a steep price tag, especially considering that its elder sibling, the 5800 XpressMusic, is available at virtually the same price, while delivering larger screen, GPS functionality and 3G connectivity. That´s why we would rather advice you to hold up on your purchase and wait until its price gets more reasonable. Alternatively, just get the 5800 XpressMusic. It offers superior functionality and better bang for your hard-earner buck.

Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Video Review:


  • Compact size
  • Good touch screen sensitivity
  • Good in-call and audio quality
  • Robust battery


  • Display is unusable in direct sunlight
  • No GPS and 3G
  • Available with a price tag that´s simply unreasonable

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